DECISION ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AREA (AfCFT)
Endorsed the recommendations of African Union Ministers of Trade on:
ON THE INSTITUTIONAL REFORM OF THE AFRICAN UNION
The Assembly delegated to the Executive Council its authority to consider and approve the Statute and Rules of Procedure of the Governance Structures of the African Union Development Agency, AUDANEPAD, during its 35th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council in Niamey, Niger, June/July 2019
ON POST-2020 PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION
Recalled the decision which stressed the need to ensure that Africa speaks with one voice in the various platforms of partnership with the EU, and requested the Commission to ensure cohesion between the Post-Cotonou Agreement and the Post-2020 Continent-to-Continent Partnership, so that continental priorities, as articulated in Agenda 2063 and other related instruments, are consistently reflected in both tracks.
DECISION ON THE ELECTION OF THE BUREAU OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION FOR 2019
Assembly elected the Bureau of the Assembly of the Union for 2019 as follows:
DECISION ON THE ELECTION OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION FOR 2020
Assembly decided that the Chair of the African Union for 2020 will be the Republic of South Africa.
DECISION ON THE REPORTS ON PEACE AND SECURITY
ON THE REPORT OF THE HIGH-LEVEL COMMITTEE ON LIBYA
ON THE STATE OF GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA
ON THE REPORT OF THE 28TH SUMMIT OF THE FORUM OF THE AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM
ON THE KATOWICE CLIMATE CONFERENCE (UNFCCC COP 24) AND AFRICA'S ENGAGEMENTS AT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE AT COP25/CMP 15
ON THE REFORM OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
Welcomed the growing acceptance of the legitimacy of the Common African Position on the reform of the United Nations Security Council; in particular, the full endorsement for the Common African Position as espoused in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration by a number of Interest Groups and Member States from across all regions during the Intergovernmental Negotiations at the United Nations in 2018.
Reiterated that full representation of Africa in the United Nations Security Council means:
i)Two (02) Permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of Permanent membership including the right of veto;
ii) Five (05) Non-permanent seats;
iii) That the African Union reserves the right to select its representatives for election to the UN Security Council to act in its name and on its behalf;
ON THE REPORT ON MALARIA ALLIANCE
Requested Member States with the support of the AUC, RBM Partnership to End Malaria, ALMA and partners to work towards an enabling environment and ensure the availability of affordable, effective, safe, next-generation malaria commodities through regulatory harmonization and support for local production including innovative initiatives to increase availability and scalability.
ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CONTINENTAL OPERATIONAL CENTRE IN KHARTOUM FOR COMBATING IRREGULAR MIGRATION
Endorsed the Executive Council's proposal on the establishment of the Continental Operational Centre in Sudan for combating irregular migration as a specialized technical office of the Union for combating irregular migration with particular focus on human trafficking and migrant smuggling on the continent.
ON THE FOLLOW UP ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AFRICAN MIGRATION OBSERVATORY IN MOROCCO
Welcomed the signing, on 10 December 2018 in Marrakech, of the Host Agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the African Union Commission on the operationalization of the African Migration Observatory, whose role would be, inter alia, the support of existing continental initiatives on migration, through the collection, exchange, analysis and sharing of data with a view to efficiently address migration challenges
ON THE DEBT CANCELLATION AS A MEANS TOWARDS ENHANCING PEACE, SECURITY, DEVELOPMENT AND DURABLE SOLUTIONS FOR DISPLACED SOMALIS
Aware that a number of AU Member States are among Somalia's external creditors, Assembly:
ON FINANCING THE UNION
Mandated the Commission to do the following:
ON THE DRAFT LEGAL INSTRUMENTS
- Adopted the Legal Instruments as follows:
i. Draft Treaty for the Establishment of the African Medicines Agency;
ii. Draft Statute of the African Audio Visual and Cinema Commission;
iii. Draft Statutes of the African Union International Centre for Girls' and
iv. Women's Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA);
v. Draft African Union Transitional Justice Policy;
vi. Amendment to Article 35 of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.
ON THE DATES AND VENUE OF THE THIRTY-THIRD (33RD) ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION IN JANUARY 2020
Decided that the dates of the Thirty-Third (33rd) Ordinary Session of the Assembly which will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia shall be the following:
ON THE CHANGE OF DATE OF THE FIRST MID-YEAR COORDINATION MEETING OF THE AFRICAN UNION AND THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC COMMUNITIES (RECS), THE 35TH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE 38TH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES' COMMITTEE (PRC)
Assembly decided that the date shall be as follows:
ON GALVANISING POLITICAL COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE ELIMINATION OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IN AFRICA
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) MEMBER OF THE AFRICAN COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON THE RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF THE CHILD
- Assembly appointed Kembo Takam Gatsing Hermine of Cameroon as a member of the ACERWC for a term of five (5) years:
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF ONE (1) MEMBER OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL LAW
- Assembly appointed Ela Nchama Tomassa Bisia of Equatorial Guinea for a term of five years.
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF FIVE (5) MEMBERS OF THE PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL OF THE AFRICAN UNION
- Assembly appointed the following five (5) Members States of the Peace and Security Council for a term of three (3) years:
i. Algeria Northern
ii. Burundi Central
iii. Kenya Eastern
iv. Lesotho Southern
v. Nigeria Western
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF SIX (6) MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN UNION ADVISORY BOARD ON CORRUPTION
Assembly appointed the following six (6) members of the AUABC for a term of two (2) years:
- Andriamifidy Jean Louis Madagascar- Eastern
- Bamouni Pascal of Burkina Faso- Western
- Begoto Miarom of Chad- Central
- Gnansounou Fourn Elisabeth Afiavi of Benin- Western
- Ng'andu Agness Kayobo of Zambia- Southern
- Seema Sefako Aaron of Lesotho- Southern
The Assembly also adopted a number of declarations, resolutions and one motion. Details of these as well as the full decisions will be available soon on the African Union website.
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